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Republican Brock Lists Health Cost-Cutting Ideas

Medical malpractice reforms and rewarding healthy behaviors with lower insurance rates are among the ideas being promoted by Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock to curb the rising cost of health care.

Brock held a news conference Wednesday outside the Central Vermont Medical Center where he outlined a 25-point plan for cutting health care costs and criticized the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin for its move toward a government-backed, single-payer health care system.

Among the other steps Brock is promoting: encouraging doctors to reduce the number of unnecessary tests they're ordering, and cutting Medicaid payments to out-of-state health care providers.

While he wants to create incentives for healthy behaviors, Brock says he would not support a new tax on junk food.

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